Historic and contemporary African American singers and composers of Classical vocal music
Greetings!! My name is Randye Jones, and I welcome you to Afrocentric Voices Radio.
This station is an off-shoot of my Web site, Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music. The site focuses on African American performers and composers and on the vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera, art songs and Negro spirituals composed for concert performance. There are biographies, bibliographies, a chronology, and other information about this music and these musicians.
I wanted Afrocentric Voices to not only play famous singers performing standard works, but to go off the beaten path and bring forth recordings by early--but lesser-known--pioneers and what I think of as "Future Voices". So, you can hear works like Marian Anderson's 1955 Metropolitan Opera performance from Un ballo in maschera and George Walker's 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning Lilacs, both representing significant firsts in American musical history.
You will also find vocalists and vocal works that, unfortunately, don't generally receive play on most Classical music stations. The playlists are very eclectic, reflecting the wide range of vocal styles these musicians have tackled.
Below are some of the African American vocalists and composers played on Afrocentric Voices:
I hope you enjoy the songs and the singers presented on Afrocentric Voices and will let me know your suggestions for newly released recordings or older recordings (including LPs--you'd be surprised what's available on sites like EBay) and your comments about the station.
BTW, if you are an African American vocalist or composer of vocal music with a commercially produced CD of classical music that you would like me to consider for presentation on this station, please send the CD to: Randye Jones, PO Box 281, Grinnell, IA 50112. I will be glad to consider its inclusion to my playlists.
Thanks for visiting Afrocentric Voices